Celebration Days Underway In Sheldon

Sheldon, Iowa — It’s time for the annual Sheldon celebration.
Sheldon Celebration Days
Celebration Days activities are underway. Sheldon Chamber Coordinator Allison Cooke says that festivities continue on Friday night, September 4th with a free movie.

Again, that free movie will be at City Park, starting at 8 PM.

She says activities continue on Saturday, featuring the Mini Rod Tractor Pulls and Dueling Pianos.

Sunday’s activities feature a Classic Car Cruise. Many activities are on Labor Day Monday, including, but certainly not limited to the parade, the car show, kids activities, and the Duck Dive.

Click here for the full schedule, in chronological order.

School Board Election Scheduled For Tuesday

Northwest Iowa — It’s school board election time again in northwest Iowa.  The election is the day after Labor Day, Tuesday, September 8th.

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Candidates in several districts are running unopposed, but there are some contested races as well. There is also one ballot measure in the Sibley Ocheyedan district. Four seats on the Northwest Iowa Community College board of directors are up for election as well, but they are all running unopposed.
Here’s a look at what you’ll find on the ballot:
Director, Northwest Iowa Community College Board
District 2: Stephen Simons (incumbent) unopposed
District 3 Loretta Berkland (incumbent) unopposed
District 5: Adam Besaw (incumbent) unopposed
District 6: Leroy Van Kekerix (incumbent) unopposed
O’Brien County:
Hartley Melvin Sanborn:
District 1: Jill Zeutenhorst unopposed
District 4: Scott Heetland (incumbent) unopposed
District 3: Marne Schipoff (incumbent) unopposed, to fill vacancy
Director At Large: Dan Van Gorp vs. Jessica Brink
District 2: Mark Brown (incumbent) vs Steve Holles
District 3: Kecia Hickman unopposed
South O’Brien
Director at Large: Tom Wagner (incumbent) unopposed
District 2: Sue McCauley (incumbent) unopposed
District 4: Todd Faust (incumbent) unopposed
District 5: Sandra Kae Fritz (incumbent) unopposed
Osceola County:
District 2: Kyle Grimes (incumbent) unopposed
District 5: Daniel Berkland (incumbent) unopposed
Public measure B: Whether to levy a Physical Plant and Equipment Levy of  $0 .67/$1000 valuation
Harris-Lake Park (administered by Dickinson County)
District 1: Douglas Stahly (incumbent) unopposed
District 3: Arin Elser (incumbent) unopposed
District 5: Shelley Heikens (incumbent) unopposed
Lyon County:
Central Lyon:
Four people running for three positions as director at large:
Judy Gacke(incumbent), David Jans(incumbent), Joel De Wit, Andy Koob
George-Little Rock:
Director At Large Curt Fiedler (incumbent) vs Gregory Ver Steeg
District 1: Douglas Lee Krull (incumbent) unopposed
District 4: Amy Jurrens (incumbent) unopposed
West Lyon
District 3: Justin Metzger unopposed (incumbent Gib Van Hill is retiring)
District 4: Derek Knobloch (incumbent) unopposed
Sioux County
Boyden Hull:
District 2: Jason Moser and Aric Van Voorst running unopposed for the dual seat
District 3: Jake Ten Haken vs Lisa Te Slaa
(Boyden Hull precincts are open from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM, all other precincts in Sioux County open at noon and close at 8:00 PM)
District 1: Chris Immeker unopposed
District 2: Amy Kleinhesselink (incumbent) unopposed
District 4: Shane Jager (incumbent) unopposed
Rock Valley:
Director At Large: Jerry Kelderman unopposed
Director At Large: James Van Veldhuizen unopposed
Sioux Center:
Director At Large: Timothy Lee Gesink unopposed
Director At Large: Scott Te Stroete unopposed
West Sioux:
District 3: NO CANDIDATES, winner will be write-in
District 4: Danielle Gradert unopposed
District 1: Russell Coons unopposed

Sheldon Homecoming Royalty Candidates Announced

OrabsSheldon, Iowa — It’s that time of the year, school is open, football season has started, and Homecoming is right around the corner.  Homecoming week for the Sheldon Orabs will be 21st through 25th, and 2015 Sheldon Homecoming Queen and King Candidates have been announced.

Queen candidates are:  Bayleigh Iedema, the daughter of Nic and Jamie Iedema; Sydney Iedema, the daughter of Troy and Jen Iedema; Haley Jungers, the daughter of Alan and Jill Jungers; Jessica Karolczak, the daughter of Todd and Paulette Karolczak; and Kayla Van Meeteren, the daughter of Larry and Connie Van Meeteren.

King candidates include:  Kaleb Groeneweg, the son of Ryan and Tonia Groeneweg; Ian Jongewaard, the son of Bill and Lori Jongewaard; Colby Kleinhesselink, the son of Kevin and Staci Kleinhesselink; Chad Nelson, the son of Marvin and Beverly Nelson; and Joe Weppler, the son of Greg and Julie Weppler.

The entire Orab Homecoming Court will be riding in Monday’s Sheldon Celebration Days Parade.  Coronation ceremonies will be held Tuesday, September 22nd at 8:00 pm in the Sheldon High School Gym, the Orena, with the Homecoming football game scheduled for Friday night, September 25th, when the Orabs will face off against Sioux Center.

Logo My Orab Winners Announced

Logo My Orab WinnersSheldon, Iowa — The winners have been announced in the Logo My Orab Contest, sponsored by KIWA Radio and Top Notch Stitching in Sheldon.  The contest, which ran from July 22nd through September 1st, asked students to submit their original ideas for Sheldon Orab designs to KIWA and Top Notch Stitching.  One winning entry was chosen from each of the District’s three schools, and the winners will each receive a shirt emblazoned with their logo design.

Winning from East Elementary was 4th grader Hannah Honkomp, from Sheldon Middle School the winner was 8th grader Raegan Freeman, and the winner from Sheldon High School is 9th grader Jennifer Pennings.

The three winning designs are being digitized, and will be available for purchase at Top Notch Stitching in Sheldon.  For every Orab shirts purchased, one dollar will be donated to either the Sheldon Music Boosters, Athletic Boosters, or Speech Department.

Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to everyone who participated in this contest.

Sheldon Stabbing Victim Charged In Previous Domestic Incident

handcuffs - subject inSheldon, Iowa — A Sheldon man who was stabbed Sunday evening during what police are describing as a “domestic incident”, has been arrested by Sheldon Police and O’Brien County Deputies.

Sheldon Police say 29-year old Scott Michael Harrison was arrested Monday evening on a warrant for a felony charge of 3rd Offense Domestic Assault, in connection with an incident that happened in early August.  Authorities stress that this charge is unrelated to Sunday evening’s incident.

Police report that, at this time, no arrests have been made in Sunday night’s incident.

Hotel/Motel Tax Increase Will Be On November Ballot

Council ChambersSheldon, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council has voted to put consideration of an increase in the Hotel/Motel Tax on the ballot for the November 3rd election.  This will call for an increase of the current five percent rate to the maximum allowed by the state which is seven percent.  The money generated by this tax can be used for a wide range of purposes, including the construction and maintenance of recreation and convention facilities, as well as the promotion and encouragement of tourist and convention business in the City of Sheldon and surrounding areas.

Members of the Sheldon Fire Department were present at Wednesday’s meeting to ask for permission to use land west of the current city shed and east of the Waste Water Treatment facility for a training and storage area.  They would like to build a forty by sixty foot building which would house two antique fire trucks as well as storage for seldom used items and training materials.  The department plans to pay for the building through fund raisers.  City employees would construct the facility.  This was approved by the Council.

The Sheldon Golf course also came to the meeting with a request. They asked for about 150 feet of chain link fence which would be installed on the north side of the driving range.  The city has chain link fence which was originally around the borrow pit area and is not being used, so the Council agreed to give it to the golf course.  Fencing from that source has also been used by RiseFest.

And, Public Works Director Todd Uhl brought the Council up to date on several projects going on in the community.  He said the storm sewer work in the Runger Addition is completed with good progress being made on the water main despite the wet conditions.  He also reported that Knife River Construction plans to start work on the street projects and hope to have their work completed by September 12th.

Council member Brad Hindt reported that the City’s new fire truck is scheduled to arrive soon and Sheldon’s old Engine Number One is being sold to the Matlock fire department for four thousand dollars.